From Poached to Sautéed, Here Are 40 of Our Best Shrimp Recipes
Shrimp is one of our favorite protein options to cook with. It's heart-healthy, super versatile, and easy to find in the grocery store. When cooking with shrimp, save the shells for seafood stock. If you're buying fresh, feel free to ask the fishmonger to de-vein them for you, but it's easy enough to do at home with a careful hand and sharp paring knife.
There are so many different ways to cook with shrimp. Use them for delicious pasta recipes, takeout-inspired stir-fries, soups and stews, and crowd-friendly appetizers. Shrimp shines in a summertime clambake alongside corn on the cob and baby red potatoes. We also love a creamy, flavorful bisque year-round (but who can deny that it's most delicious when served seaside?). Our recipe for Pressure-Cooker Shrimp Bisque is made with a homemade seafood stock using shrimp shells (told you they would come in handy!), plus bite-sized pieces of sweet shrimp. A combination of paprika and fresh dill brighten the bowl.
Another one of our favorite ways to cook shrimp is with pasta. Our Cream-Free Shrimp Alfredo is a lighter take on fettuccine alfredo. This clever recipe uses pasta water instead of heavy cream; the starches in the water help to create a thick, rich sauce. And, of course, we have to include at least one recipe for Shrimp Scampi, but we took it one step further and included two! Our classic version is done just right, with plenty of fresh parsley, garlic, lemon juice, butter, white wine, and red pepper flakes. If you're looking to go low-carb, try Shrimp Scampi with Yellow-Squash Noodles, which substitutes spiralized vegetable noodles in place of pasta.
No matter which way you fry, stir, boil, or bake them, these shrimp recipes offer endless inspiration for weeknight meals and dinner parties alike.
Cream-Free Shrimp Alfredo
Quick Shrimp Po'boys
Smoky Shrimp-and-Sausage Gravy
Cajun Shrimp and Rice
In just over one hour, build all the flavors of dinner from the South with green bell pepper, andouille sausage, garlic, and tomatoes. Shrimp are piled high atop the seasoned rice blend.
Greek Shrimp Skewers with Chopped-Zucchini Salad
Get a delicious dinner on the table fast tonight—all in, this recipe takes just 35 minutes! Shrimp, zucchini, onions, and lemon are lightly charred on a grill, then served alongside couscous with feta for a dish that simply says summer.
Shrimp with Spicy Green Rice
Shrimp-and-Basil Glass-Noodle Stir-Fry
The key to all-star shrimp stir-fry is in the ingredients that make up the sauce. Too few flavors result in a bland profile, whereas bold, contrasting spicy and savory ingredients are just right. From fish sauce and soy sauce to fresh ginger, sliced shallots, and chile pepper, this is one dinner where the flavor keeps on going.
This is shrimp scampi done right, down to the quick homemade shrimp stock, which helps to create a very flavorful sauce. And when you want to go try something different, we also have two delicious variations: with capers and tomatoes or mustard and thyme.
Scandinavian Shrimp Salad
This salad is hearty enough for lunch or dinner, thanks to bright pink jumbo shrimp, boiled potatoes, and a hard-boiled egg. The contrasting colors and textures create an all-around appealing bite.
Shrimp Maque Choux
Hailing from southern Louisiana, this contemporary take on a maque choux is a hodge-podge of spicy peppers, corn, and shrimp, all of which are cooked in a combination of vermouth, heavy cream, fish stock, and aromatics.
Pressure-Cooker Shrimp Bisque
Here's the perfect opportunity to use a pressure cooker. This creamy bisque includes medium shrimp, which add texture and substance to the shrimp-infused broth, plus heavy cream, white wine, and butter for the base.
Pasta with Shrimp and Creamy Chipotle Sauce
This streamlined dish is made with a few choice ingredients, so every single one truly shines. We like to make it in the summer when fresh corn and fennel are at their peak. It comes together quickly with plump shrimp, chipotles in adobo, and heavy cream, which are all tossed with rigatoni.
Shrimp Chow Mein
Even if you're not skilled in using chopsticks, we have a feeling you'll become a pro at twirling each and every one of these noodles into your mouth. That's because this takeout-inspired dinner is so delicious and not one bit of it—from shrimp to snow peas to bean sprouts—will go to waste.
Crispy Panko Shrimp Salad
Who can resist crunchy panko breaded shrimp? But instead of serving them alongside a heavy carb or ordinary vegetable side dish, scatter them atop a light crunchy salad for a fresh approach to dinnertime.
Saffron Risotto with Shrimp and Peas
Spiced Indian Shrimp
Curried Shrimp and Noodle Soup
Some curries take hours to develop their flavor; here we share a recipe for a powerful and delicious curry soup that's made in just 25 minutes. It uses Thai red curry paste, chicken broth, coconut milk, and fish sauce.
Shrimp Scampi with Yellow-Squash Noodles
Instead of a traditional pasta-based shrimp scampi, we're using spiralized yellow squash noodles, which you can either make yourself or buy in the grocery store. It's a healthier take on an Italian-American classic.
Spaghetti and Shrimp Meatballs
Perfect for Flexitarian Fridays, these "meatballs" are actually meat-free. They're made with shrimp, which are processed into a paste and mixed with panko breadcrumbs, Pecorino Romano cheese, basil, and scallions. Serve atop pasta or as a unique Italian-inspired starter.
Coconut-Curry Shrimp and Couscous
One-pan? Check. Thirty minutes or less? Check. Plenty of flavor? Check. Family-friendly? Check. There's nothing not to love about this curry shrimp dinner.
Shrimp Cobb with Cilantro-Lime Dressing
Now it's a party! We've got perfectly cooked hard-boiled eggs, sautéed shrimp, slices of ripe avocado, and of course crispy bacon—all of which are assembled on one crowd-friendly platter.
Lemongrass-Skewered Shrimp in Lettuce Cups
This dish is a labor of love but it's so worth the time and effort. Garlicky sweet shrimp are molded around pieces of sugarcane, then grilled. It makes for a light main course on a warm evening.
Broiled Coconut-and-Lime-Crusted Shrimp With Rice-Noodle Salad
Pozole is a versatile Mexican soup or stew that usually features pork shoulder or pork belly. Here, we're introducing something new—shrimp! Shrimp shells simmer with water, onion wedges, and garlic to create a flavorful base for shrimp, hominy, and cocktail tomatoes.
Quick Skillet Paella with Shrimp and Tomatoes
A delicious paella does not need to be time-consuming or complicated. This version comes together in just 35 minutes and clean-up is super easy. Shrimp, peas, diced tomatoes, and chorizo are the stars of this recipe, which uses creamy arborio rice.
Shrimp Stir-Fry with Vermouth
The combination of spicy Sriracha and sweet honey creates an irresistible sauce for these tempura fried shrimp. Club soda and light rice flour create a marvelously airy and crispy coating.
The traditional version of this lemon-and-white-wine dish is made with thinly pounded chicken, but the flavors work just as well with shrimp. They're pan-fried until golden-brown and crispy in this 25-minute entrée.
Beet Gazpacho with Shrimp
Grilled Shrimp "Boil"
If you can't dig a giant hole on the beach for a traditional clambake, try this at-home version. Potatoes and corn are par-boiled first, then tossed with a lemon-butter mixture and grilled with shrimp until fully cooked through.